If your cat's cravings have always been a mystery to you, you're probably not alone. Felines have long been known for being notoriously picky eaters, but the reason they turn up their little pink noses at the food in front of them could have nothing to do with taste at all. A new study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science suggests that more than smell or flavor, cats care about the nutritional balance of their kitty cuisine.
Researchers in the U.K. and Australia have found that cats have evolved over time to crave food with ideal nutrient ratios. Forget the aroma and texture; what cats really want is the right amount of protein and fat for their breed. Over the course of their experiment, researchers fed their furry test subjects a variety of food flavors and monitored the cats responses to the different tastes and ingredient make-ups. The cats were offered both seemingly cat-friendly flavors, including fish and rabbit, and a less typical orange flavor.
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